North of Hope
Ballantine Books, 1990 - Fiction - 435 pages
"Hassler's brilliance has always been his ability to achieve the depth of real literature through such sure-handed, no-gimmicks, honest language that the result appears effortless."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
After more than twenty years in the priesthood, Father Frank Healy is going home. But what he finds at the battered Our Lady's Church are very few believers and Libby Girard, a woman from his past, whom he thought he'd never see again. But Libby's life is unraveling, and as she becomes dependent on him, the lives around them erupt in a tangle of drugs and despair, alcoholism and death. Ultimately, Frank's vocation is tested at its weakest place: his continuing love for Libby.
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Review: North of HopeUser Review - Amber Koppenhofer - Goodreads
This was a required reading for a religion class in college. I remember being excited about being assigned a book where I actually wanted to read beyond what was required of me for the week. I read it again about a year ago and was able to appreciate even more now. Read full review
Review: North of HopeUser Review - Nancy Hartill - Goodreads
Frank struggles with the last words of his Mom on her dying breath, told by Eunice that she wanted Frank to become a Priest. He has strong feelings for a woman for most of his life, and his love ... Read full review